Yuto Nagatomo rejects Sampdoria transfer, prefers move to West Bromwich Albion

The Internazionale defender has been linked with West Brom.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported last month that West Brom were showing an interest in signing Yuto Nagatomo from Internazionale, and they have been handed a boost in the race to sign him.

The latest report in TuttomercatoWeb claims that Nagatomo has rejected a move to Sampdoria, and is favouring a switch to England and West Brom.

Schalke are also stated as a preferred destination, but it is believed that England is the priority for the 28-year-old left-back.

Nagatomo, a 81-capped Japanese international, is primarily a left-back, although he can also play on the right side of defence, as well as in midfield if needed. He has appeared 151 times for Inter, scoring 11 goals and registering 18 assists, and has a reputation in Serie A as a reliable defender.

A summer exit looks likely, with Inter accepting Sampdoria’s offer for his transfer, although Nagatomo rejected the offer from the Italian outfit.

He is favouring a move to England, and if the Baggies submit a formal approach, it is hard to see why Inter would reject the deal.

Is Nagatomo needed at West Brom?

The left-back position is one of real weakness at the Hawthorns currently, with Tony Pulis not favouring any of the current squad options. He chose to select both Chris Brunt and Joleon Lescott at left-back - playing out of position - rather than select the natural choices, and bringing in a top level player for that position is imperative

Nagatomo is talented, experienced, and most importantly, keen on signing for the Baggies. With just one year left on his deal at Inter, he should be available for a bargain price, and he is a perfect player to fix the main weakness at the Hawthorns.

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